Baseball: West stars fall in Classic
SEBRING - Mitchell left-hander Patrick Schuster tossed three scoreless innings in a start, and Jefferson's Chad Taylor went 2-for-4 with an RBI, but it wasn't enough as the West all-stars fell 7-5 to the East in a complete eight-inning game Friday at the 2009 Florida Athletic Coaches Association Baseball All-Star Classic. Schuster struck out five, walked one and hit two batters but allowed only one hit. Taylor legged out an infield single for his first hit in the first, one that scored Fort Myers Bishop Verot's Bobby Borchering to give the West a 2-0 lead. Borchering made it 4-0 with a two-run homer to right in the third, but the West's bats cooled after that point, with the team managing only two hits through the final five innings. The West finished with just six hits. The East scored six runs on eight hits in three innings against Palm Harbor right-hander Kyle Westwood, who took the loss. Avon Park's Kyle Jackson (3-for-4) broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the sixth. Port St. Lucie's Steve McGee was 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and four stolen bases for the East. Dunedin's Todd Haskel brought home the West's final run with a groundout in the eighth.The South all-stars defeated the North 11-3 in the other game . The West will play the North for third place today at 9 a.m. The South and East will play in the championship game 30 minutes after the third-place game. Both games are scheduled for 11 complete innings.
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